Vacation- brought to you by the letter B

I kind of lost steam last week and didn’t get a post out. It was a mental and physical drain. We just had 5 days in Waterside so my tank is filling up again and I feel like sharing again.  I wanted to share some of the activities we did and funny enough I realized they started with the letter B! See if you can spot the 3 B activities!

I know I shared before about Mary’s Point and Johnson’s Mills being the places to see the migrating sandpipers but this past weekend was prime at Mary’s Point and we ended up going down every day. We watched for 1-3 hours some days. It was fun to not only watch the birds but we got to interact with people we have only known for a little while ( like Beulah Morrissey from Riverside-Albert) and met new people from the area ( like photographer Sybil Wentzell) and from away. It was late in the season to still have the sandpipers here but Denis Doucet ,the interpreter from Parks Canada and the Canada Wildlife Service, said they could just up and be gone any day depending on the weather. He said they are about double the size they arrived at in July and are roosting more so are ready to fly south any day. We enjoyed seeing some other Birds this week too.

Sandpipers in flight ( ~ 40-50,000)

Beautiful Blue Heron flew right by us at Mary’s Point:

A Merlin on an old tree stump in front of our property: He as well as the Peregrine Falcons have been keeping the sandpipers busy the past few weeks as their main enemy.

Piping Plover exploring Waterside Beach at low tide:

Next on the list this week was more Blueberries! I have picked about 20 cups in the past 2 weeks. I used to hate picking as kid and still don’t really enjoy it but I can’t resist them while they are right there for the picking and free! I tried a couple more recipes:  One was called Blueberry Flan. Jennifer from  Simple Local Life and her guest from Wile’s Farm Market were featuring blueberries the other week and mentioned this dish as a popular one at the market. It is on their website here. I didn’t know what to expect with the list of ingredients and no picture but it was just lovely and stayed good for a few days.  I hope you try it!

The second blueberry recipe I tried was a healthier version from Oh She Glows. It was supposed to feature Raspberry Chia jam but since I had just made some Blueberry Chia jam I used it innstead for another night I needed a dessert. It is not very sweet but I love the oatmeal crumble. You can find the original recipe here.

Lastly I got out a new colour of paint I hadn’t used before from Fusion Mineral Paint- Midnight Blue! I found a dresser on the curb and decided to try to use it for my son’s bedroom in his new apartment at UNB. Here is the before: A little scary.

The top seemed to have a laminate on top and was very slick and glossy so I applied Ultra Grip 1st for better adhesion. I sanded the drawers really well- they seemed to be covered with plaster or a chalk based product so they were easy to sand and cover. I covered the sides and top with 2 coats of Midnight blue and 2 light coats of Raw Silk on the drawer fronts. I thought that might be too plain so found a stencil at the cottage that worked perfectly! I also gave this mirror I found at Value Village a quick coat of blue also!

Here is the after of both:

The drawers were a little sticky since it is quite a rough crude construction so I put some furniture wax on the bottoms and we’ll see if that helps them slide a little better.

All in all a fun project to keep me busy and something I could do as prep for school while at the cottage. It was also so therapeutic. The weather was gorgeous and we were thankful to be able to spend that many days in a row down there.

Did you spot all the B activities? I hope you were inspired to see some Birds, Bake with Blueberries or paint with some Blue. Until next time….

 

 

Waterside neighbours

For some people, cottage season may be winding down as they sense the start of school again but I sincerely love September and October in Waterside- less fog and bugs and a little less busy in the park.So while I feel August is slipping away  as I do try to get 2 kids ready for school, I am looking forward to more weekends at the cottage in lovely weather as well this fall.  It has been great to see the park and Alma so busy  this year. I hear the businesses are doing as well or better even the year after Canada 150.  I hope to get out and enjoy the park a little more this fall. We tend to get to the cottage and not want to move very far because it’s just as beautiful here as it is anywhere 🙂

This week I want to introduce you to our wonderful neighbours in Waterside. I know many people know the winery because when people ask us where we are, all I need to do is mention the winery and people can then place where we are in Waterside.  Waterside Farms Cottage Winery has been in business since 2006.” Ed and Linda Mantell started the business with the help of New Brunswick’s Department of Agriculture and now make their own Blueberry ( 4 kinds!), Rhubarb, Cranberry and Blackberry wines. Ed has been in the wine making business for a long time. His family were wine producers in Europe before the Second World War. They immigrated to Canada in 1947 and resided in Kitchener, Ontario. Wine making was always a family event. Ed grew up making and learning from his father, the process of turning fruit into a wonderful wine.” Ed and Linda use mostly local fruit for their wine. All of their wines are fermented, filtered and bottled on site. They produce 7000 litres a year for sale in their shop. Also, a couple agency stores in the area sell some of their products.  I know at least a couple restaurants that feature their wine also like at the Cape House Restaurant at Cape Enrage. This year they have already sold out of Cranberry, Port and Blackberry.  I would say they are doing something right!

Although I don’t drink wine ( but did try a sample of their rhubarb wine), almost everyone who I saw come into their shop this weekend left with at least 1 bottle. Linda tells us there are people who come annually and stock up on their favourites for the year. They also have people ask why their wine isn’t more available commercially. Linda says they want to stay unique and retain their niche and clientele with their specialty wines.

You may have seen the picture I posted on social media this week. We met a very special lady at the winery who is biking from her home in Alberta to Newfoundland. I was very inspired by her attitude and stories. I could have hopped on a bike with her ( except for sleeping in a tent every night and a sore behind! ). She said the secret is in the shorts not just the seat!. Here she is getting ready to head out again to get to the Rocks by evening.  She made it there by 7:30 pm.  We are cheering you on Susan! I don’t feel bad about having to walk up some hills around here now after she told me she has to walk them too ( she does have 60 extra lbs on that bike but I’m sure I have at least 1/2 of that extra weight on my body that she doesn’t. 🙂 )

Here are some shots of the Winery property that Mark took this weekend while we were visiting:

Linda the owner enjoying a little break . That piece of stained glass came out of a local church their contractor had found.

So whether or not you drink wine, I hope you will support our local winery in Waterside. We hope they will be our neighbours for a long time!  Cheers!

 

 

A tour of Harvey

There is a little area called Harvey ( see map here ) just before you get to the marsh before Riverside-Albert on Route 915.  I love this area for its scenery and historic properties. We stopped in the other day to visit with the owners of Florentine Manor who have their property up for sale if anyone is in the market for a beautiful Inn. Mark and I stayed here for our anniversary about 14 years ago.  It is like stepping back in time when you walk in to this impressive Inn that was originally a residence built in the 1870s.  Mary Tingley and her husband Cyril have owned it since 1976 and have run it is an Inn since 1983. Mary grew up in these parts and has been working in the hospitality industry for 51 years between their Inn and a store across the street at Harvey Corner. We loved getting to know some history about the place and her involvement in it. She allowed us to take a few photos the afternoon we visited. You can find out more about the Inn on their webpage here. I wish I was in the market for an Inn- it sounds romantic but I’m sure it is lots of work and sacrifice.

There is another Bed and Breakfast as you turn off route 915 onto Mary’s Point Road. This is the road that takes you on a lovely scenic loop back to route 915 a few kilometres up the road.  This B and B is called Sandpiper’s Rest B and B which looks like a very comfortable place to stay as well. You can find their website here.

As we travel down the road we pass the old Harvey Hall and First Harvey Baptist Church. Continuing on we reach the Shepody Dam and the Anderson Hollow lighthouse that was moved here from a wharf on Waterside beach  many years ago.  There is a little green space here for admiring the view. We used to take the kids here to play on the replica ship and have a picnic. I couldn’t find a picnic table last time we drove by and the replica ship seemed to be falling into the river. I’m not sure who is responsible for the upkeep of this adorable space but hopefully it will stay as a place for visitors and residents to enjoy.  Mark took the most beautiful photos here one day a few years ago. He actually shared this one of the lighthouse in his guest post here.

Just a little ways down the road past some more historic properties we reach Studio on the Marsh– an art gallery dedicated to the works of Lars Larsen and continues to be run by his wife Michelle. She also features other local artists and photographers. We love browsing her studio and picking up a print here and there. We love stopping in during the Christmas open house when she has various discounts going on as well. Check out their Facebook page to see  an event happening on Aug 18th from 3-7 pm where you can meet wildlife artist and photographer Jacqueline Verge .

 

We are almost done our tour!  It ends at the beautiful area called Mary’s Point.We have enjoyed many afternoons and picnics at Mary’s Point over the years with our kids and family. I wondered if it was named after Mary Majka who lived there and  who had a lot to do with preserving this piece of land and the wildlife that visits it. There are numerous credits to Mary’s name throughout the last 50 years including organizations she has founded but alas, it was not named after her. I found this article about her in a Globe and Mail piece and local author Deborah Carr has written a book about her called Sanctuary. Canadian Wildlife Services is working toward getting a new interpretive centre and program going to highlight the area.  A new building is up at the site and we got to enjoy a couple evenings listening to interpreter Denis Doucet’s explanation of the migration of shore birds and lots about nature as well. He is a wealth of information! I will be visiting even more once the new centre is open. They are hoping for a soft opening ( not everything running) maybe this fall. Stay tuned for that! We have so many photos from here but here are a few we picked for this post:

This week will mark 6 months of blogging. I love sharing what we are doing or what I find inspiring in hopes of inspiring you as well. I still have lots to learn. Here’s to the next 6 months! If there is anything you would like to see or learn about let me know!

Thanks for travelling with us on The Road to Waterside!

 

 

In search of the Sandpiper

This past weekend was the Dorchester Sandpiper Festival.  I enticed the family to go in hopes of seeing some sandpipers but also wanted to find a new farm I discovered in Aulac that just started selling homemade ice cream. I think they came along for the ice cream more than the birds :).   I always forget how quick it is to get to Dorchester on the highway and what a quaint town it is with all its historic properties. We went all the way to Johnson’s Mills Nature Conservancy Site first to see if there were any sandpipers visiting. This is a popular spot for them to feed on their way from the Arctic to South America. We were there at high tide which is usually when the birds are in roosting but the interpreters informed us there were peregrine falcons in the area scaring them away. We actually did see 1 or 2 falcons flying in the bay and then saw 2 or 3 flying over the site when we were driving away as well.  We only saw a very small band of sandpipers out on the bay but have been there in the past when there were thousands on the beach. You just never know what you’ll see on a certain day. Another spot we love to find them is at Mary’s Point near our cottage. Here are a couple photos from 2011 when we visited and saw lots of birds. Photo credit to Mark Nicolle

In Dorchester, we stopped for a minute to check out Shepody House which is one of the new homes for Parkindale Productions to host live musical events and it is available to for events and weddings. There was a band tuning up getting ready to play as part of the Festival. I loved the view from there and the school house lights inside! Then we had to stop at the old Bell Inn- Mark took me here for supper when I was going to Mt A our 1st year of dating. I guess I had better memories of the meal than he did  ( probably because he was paying :)). It is now host to a sewing and quilt shop called “natshi designs” who  are hoping to be able to open a cafe as well on site.

We made it just in time to see the Dorchester Art Society’s 2nd art exhibit as they were packing up. So many people displaying their beautiful creations. We stopped and talked to Donna Sullivan from Sackville about her art and her inspiration for painting. She says she had always dabbled in the arts but didn’t get serious with it until she retired. I just loved her work using different mediums! Here is her gallery wall set up:

 

We next headed down the highway in search of ice cream in Aulac at Trueman Blueberry Farms. They are more than just blueberries!! They have introduced homemade ice cream this summer and their raspberries are at their prime this week for their 2nd year of picking.  They also sell honey, blueberries, fresh bread and I see a u-pick pumpkin patch on their sign. They are gearing up for a sunflower maze and a Great Bee Escape adventure course later this summer. I love seeing family farms getting involved in these great endeavours and seeing a dream realized. We will be back for more! I have a dream of growing pumpkins but I don’t think the weather in Waterside will allow that!

A true Killam- spoon ready to try that ice cream!

 

Since we were in the neighbourhood and had just bought a National Park Discovery Pass, we stopped in to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland. Mark always jokes that our families could have fought on this land may years ago. Glad we get along now :). We only had 5 min to breeze through the exhibit but had fun exploring the site outdoors and taking some pictures. They have tents set up inside the Fort that you can book for an overnight stay! The kids were so little last time we visited here! It is another place we have to come back and visit. Only a 30-40 min drive from home. Lots of treasures to be discovered in our own province! Here are a couple photos from 2010 and then  from this weekend! My how some kids have changed 🙂

 

We hope you enjoyed this trip and that it inspires you to explore some of the beauty around you!

Here is one last photo for you to see if you can find the sandpiper 🙂

P.S.  You should now be able to click on a photo to look at it in larger format.